Objective: This research was carried out in order to determine the state of and the relationship between mental status and health behaviors of university students.
Method: The cross-sectional study was carried out with 462 students studying in school of nursing and school of health sciences in a foundation university in Istanbul. The data was collected using a socio-demographic questionnaire and the Health Promotion Lifestyle Profile-II (HPLP II) and the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28). Descriptive statistics, Mann Whitney U test, Kruskal Wallis test and Spearman correlation analysis were used for the statistical analysis.
Results: The mean GHQ-28 score was 6,48 +/- 5,98. It was found that 52,4% of the students had psychological symptoms according to the GHQ28 results. The GHQ-28 score of the students who have three or more siblings and who accommodates with friends were higher than the those of the other groups and the GHQ-28 score of students whose mothers graduated from high school or university were lower than those of the other groups. The mean HPLP II total score was 110,03 +/- 22,71. The HPLP II total score of nursing students, second grade students, girls, students living in dormitory, students whose mothers graduated from primary school or university were higher than those of the other groups. Students whose GHQ-28 score was between 1-4 had higher nutrition, spiritual growth, interpersonal relationships, stress management and HPLP II total score than students whose GHQ-28 scores were 5 and above. A very weak negative correlation between GHQ-28 and HPLP II was found.
Conclusion: The study found that students who were not at risk about mental health problems had better health behavior.